International Electronic Journal of Mathematics Education

International Electronic Journal of Mathematics Education
“This Maths is better than that Maths” – Exploring Learner Perceptions on the Integration of History of Mathematics in Teaching the Theorem of Pythagoras: A Case Study
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Reference: Kapofu LK, Kapofu W. “This Maths is better than that Maths” – Exploring Learner Perceptions on the Integration of History of Mathematics in Teaching the Theorem of Pythagoras: A Case Study. INT ELECT J MATH ED. 2020;15(3), em0604. https://doi.org/10.29333/iejme/8446
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In-text citation: (Kapofu & Kapofu, 2020)
Reference: Kapofu, L. K., & Kapofu, W. (2020). “This Maths is better than that Maths” – Exploring Learner Perceptions on the Integration of History of Mathematics in Teaching the Theorem of Pythagoras: A Case Study. International Electronic Journal of Mathematics Education, 15(3), em0604. https://doi.org/10.29333/iejme/8446
Chicago
In-text citation: (Kapofu and Kapofu, 2020)
Reference: Kapofu, Lifeas Kudakwashe, and Winfilda Kapofu. "“This Maths is better than that Maths” – Exploring Learner Perceptions on the Integration of History of Mathematics in Teaching the Theorem of Pythagoras: A Case Study". International Electronic Journal of Mathematics Education 2020 15 no. 3 (2020): em0604. https://doi.org/10.29333/iejme/8446
Harvard
In-text citation: (Kapofu and Kapofu, 2020)
Reference: Kapofu, L. K., and Kapofu, W. (2020). “This Maths is better than that Maths” – Exploring Learner Perceptions on the Integration of History of Mathematics in Teaching the Theorem of Pythagoras: A Case Study. International Electronic Journal of Mathematics Education, 15(3), em0604. https://doi.org/10.29333/iejme/8446
MLA
In-text citation: (Kapofu and Kapofu, 2020)
Reference: Kapofu, Lifeas Kudakwashe et al. "“This Maths is better than that Maths” – Exploring Learner Perceptions on the Integration of History of Mathematics in Teaching the Theorem of Pythagoras: A Case Study". International Electronic Journal of Mathematics Education, vol. 15, no. 3, 2020, em0604. https://doi.org/10.29333/iejme/8446
Vancouver
In-text citation: (1), (2), (3), etc.
Reference: Kapofu LK, Kapofu W. “This Maths is better than that Maths” – Exploring Learner Perceptions on the Integration of History of Mathematics in Teaching the Theorem of Pythagoras: A Case Study. INT ELECT J MATH ED. 2020;15(3):em0604. https://doi.org/10.29333/iejme/8446

Abstract

Integration of history of mathematics (HOM) in mathematics education is emerging as frontier endowed with utility to stem decline in uptake, enhance performance and alter the negative perceptions about the subject. This case study sought to explore the influence of history of mathematics on grade eleven girls’ perceptions of the Theorem of Pythagoras in particular and mathematics in general. In this exploratory study, the genetic approach of HOM was used in teaching the Theorem of Pythagoras. Findings indicate that the inclusion of aspects of the history of mathematics catalysed positive learner perceptions of the Theorem and mathematics in general. Notable changes in learner perceptions included affirmations of an increased level of motivation and confessed improvement in readiness of grade eleven learners in tackling challenging tasks involving the Theorem of Pythagoras. Learners also alluded to increased confidence in dealing with proofs, enjoying making their own discoveries and solving mathematical problems in general.

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